Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Silver Spring's 'Best Restaurants' Now Up to 3

I don't put a whole lot of stock in Washingtonian's "100 Best Restaurants" list, but the fact is that people love subjective rankings and do make real dining decisions based on the contents of the magazine's annual 100 Best issue. With that said, it's still nice to the total number of Silver Spring restaurants on the list increase by one with this year's addition of  8407 Kitchen Bar.

The number of Silver Spring restaurants on the list has fluctuated between two and three over recent years, with five different eateries making the cut, two of which no longer exist:

2007: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics, Ceviche
2008: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics
2009: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics, Nicaro
2010: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics
2011: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics
2012: Jackie's, Ray's the Classics, 8407 Kitchen Bar

Of course, one could say 8407 is in some ways a reincarnation of the old Nicaro (not to be confused with the now-defunct "Newcaro"). Ceviche was of course was doomed to failure because that concept "does not work in malls".

Though they lie just outside of Silver Spring, it should also be noted that both Nava Thai and Ruan Thai, located just blocks from each other in Wheaton, also made the cut.



11 comments:

Michelle said...

Wheaton is part of Silver Spring. It isn't its own town.

Sligo said...

The same statement could be true if you substituted "Wheaton" with "Silver Spring" and "Silver Spring" with "Montgomery County". Even if the US Postal Service doesn't agree, I tend to consider Wheaton a separate entity.

Of course the fact that if you drive North through Wheaton and end up back in "Silver Spring" again is odd.

Clancy said...

8407 deserves to be on this list. I truly wish I could afford to eat there more often.

I'm surprised that either Pacci's didn't make the list.

engrish_major said...

I still think our Ethiopian matches up with any of DC's offerings.

Anonymous said...

Been to Jackies a couple of times and was not impressed on either occasion. Agree about 8407.

Anonymous said...

Back in December, I had a birthday dinner at 8407 with three other hungry people. I am very happy to report that their portion sizes were MUCH larger than my previous experiences there. I guess enough Yelp critiques finally got the message through. Same 'high' prices, same very tasty and creative food, but this time we genuinely felt like we got our money's worth with the amount of food on the plate.

Anonymous said...

I think Pacci's will definitely become a mainstay on the list once those individual editors learn of the place. It gets rave reviews at every turn.

Anonymous said...

I like Pacci's pizza but still on the fence over the Tratorria. My wife loves it but I think its OK. As for Ethiopian, I love Abol over Dukkem in DC.

Anonymous said...

Jackie's is a joke. I would never go there again. Terrible service, mediocre food, and the restaurant smells like sewage. The fact that Jackies received the same amount of stars as Restaurant Eve, in Alexandria, is appalling.

Anonymous said...

Pardon my mistake, Jackies received 2.5 while Eve received 3. Either way its a joke.

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